[photopress:Hotels_Gerald_Lawless.jpg,full,alignright]Gerald Lawless, executive chairman of Dubai-based company’s luxury hotels group Jumeirah and shown in our illustration, said the group hopes to be operating at least five hotels in greater China by the end of 2010.
Jumeirah, which operates Burj Al Arab hotels, is set to open its first hotel in China in Shanghai in August of next year.
This will be the HanTang Jumeirah Shanghai in Xintiand and will be part of a 52 hectare development of offices, residential complexes and shops.
The hotel will have 338 guest rooms and will be a MICE hotel in that it will have state of the art conference and banqueting facilities. Interesting that some of the interior design was done by a Japanese interior design firm with the splendid name of Super Potato.
The group is also looking into arrangements to manage hotels in Guangzhou and in the resort town of Sanya, on the southern island province of Hainan.
Gerald Lawless declined to disclose the progress of long-standing talks to open a hotel in Beijing, but said the group hoped to be able to announce news on such a deal by the end of this year.
He said, ‘I see us being very busy, say two-and-a-half, three years from now in terms of openings in China.’
According to Lawless the firm is also considering introducing a second brand that would potentially have hotels in second-tier cities or alongside the flagship brand in gateway cities. He said, ‘At some stage in our existence it is likely that we will also introduce a second brand, but we’re still working out exactly the format of such a brand.’
Source: Gulf News